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Academic Programs - School of Health Sciences

Mortuary Science
Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS #5299.20
Chairperson: D. Elaine Reinhard
Fitzgibbons Hall, Room 008, (518) 629-7113

The Mortuary Science program is designed to educate graduates as contemporary funeral directors capable of performing current caretaking and managerial roles.

Successful completion of the Mortuary Science program entitles the student to sit for the national board examination and/or a state board. The Mortuary Science program is approved and registered with the New York State Department of Health and accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, MO 64506; (816) 233-3747.

All program students must register with the New York State Department of Health within 15 days of program acceptance and will not be allowed to begin any Mortuary Science course without such. Any student denied registration will be withdrawn from the program.

Every student in the Mortuary Science program must take and pass the National Board Examination as a requirement for graduation from the program. Students are required to take the National Board Examination within one semester (including summer) of completion of all courses required for the Mortuary Science program. In order to receive approval to take the NBE exam beyond the one semester limit, students are required to retake and pass the MTSC 250 Pre-Professional Mortuary Seminar course.

All National Board Examination results can be found at the American Board Web site at www.abfse.org.

After passing the National Board Examination with a satisfactory grade, the prospective New York State funeral director must then serve one year as a registered resident before becoming a licensed funeral director.

Transfer students may be able to complete the program in less than four terms with proper planning and advisement preceding enrollment.

Please note additional policies regarding Heath Science programs: Unsatisfactory pre-clinical, clinical, practicum and academic performance will result in students being dismissed from a health science program. The respective health science program faculty will make all recommendations for re-admission. All decisions will be based upon an individual student review process. Re-admission will require students to successfully repeat previous clinical, practicum and/or academic courses that faculty require. In addition, if a student is dismissed from the program, the student may be required to provide evidence of growth in necessary areas as identified by the faculty at the time of dismissal. Dismissed students must reapply under the program’s current admission procedure.

Once a student has been readmitted to a program, core curricular courses must be completed in term sequence without interruption. Any student who misses a term may not be permitted to continue in the program.

Students who are dismissed from Health Science Programs at Hudson Valley or other institutions due to inappropriate or dangerous clinical behavior and/or personal misconduct during patient interactions will not be allowed admission to any Hudson Valley Health Science program or Health Science course with a clinical component. A notation will be placed on the student’s academic transcript indicating the student was dismissed from the Mortuary Science program.

Statement of Purpose For The Mortuary Science Department
The Mortuary Science Department at Hudson Valley Community College is dedicated to the single purpose of educating and preparing students for entry into the funeral service profession.

Mortuary Science Department Aims:

  1. To recognize the importance of funeral service education personnel as members of a human services profession and also the community in which they serve;
  2. To recognize the importance of funeral service education personnel as participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession;
  3. To recognize the importance of funeral service education personnel as professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, and local regulatory guidelines;
  4. To recognize the importance of funeral service educations personnel as professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains.

Mortuary Science Department Objectives:

  1. To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession;
  2. To educate students in every phase of funeral service and to enable them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for the profession;
  3. To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large;
  4. To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct;
  5. To provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction;
  6. To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.

ACTG 100, BADM 110, BIOL 134, MKTG 216, PSYC 100, and SOCL elective must have been taken within five years in order to be applicable toward this degree program. Mortuary Science courses must be taken at Hudson Valley.

PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Courses Notes High School Average
Math I, Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic Math, Biology & Chemistry with labs (70 or above in the course) Social Science electives recommended 70+

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $605.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*  

Course No.

Title

Credit Hrs.

ACTG 100 Applied Accounting 3
BADM 110 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business I 3
BIOL 134** Anatomy 4
CMPT 101 Computer Concepts and Applications I 3
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
ENGL 102 English Composition II 3
ENGL 115 Library Skills for Research 1
________ ENGL 120 Communications or 3
ENGL 125 Public Speaking
MKTG 216 Small Business Management 3
MTSC 100** Funeral Service Orientation 1
MTSC 105** Burial Customs 3
MTSC 120** Hygiene & Sanitary Science 3
MTSC 130** Embalming Theory and Practice I 4
MTSC 207** Funeral Service Grief and Counseling 3
MTSC 210** Funeral Service Management 2
MTSC 215** Funeral Directing and Merchandising 4
MTSC 220** Pathology 3
MTSC 225** Restorative Art 4
MTSC 226** Color and Cosmetics 2
MTSC 230** Embalming II 4
MTSC 250** Pre-Professional Mortuary Seminar 2
MTSC 270** Mortuary Law 3
PSYC 100 General Psychology 3
________ SOCL 100 Sociology or 3
SOCL 120 Cultural Diversity in American Society
 
Total Credits Required
70

*or specific course equivalents as approved by Department Chairperson.

**A grade of “C” or better is required for program completion.

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR FULL-TIME STUDY
FIRST TERM
BIOL 134 Anatomy 4
CMPT 101 Computer Concepts and Applications I 3
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
ENGL 115 Library Skills for Research 1
MTSC 100 Funeral Service Orientation 1
MTSC 105 Burial Customs 3
PSYC 100 General Psychology 3
  Term Total 18
SECOND TERM
BADM 110 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business I 3
ENGL 102 English Composition II 3
MTSC 120 Hygiene & Sanitary Science 3
MTSC 130 Embalming Theory and Practice I 4
MKTG 216 Small Business Management 3
MTSC 226 Color and Cosmetics 2
  Term Total 18
THIRD TERM
MTSC 207 Funeral Service Grief and Counseling 3
MTSC 210 Funeral Service Management 2
MTSC 220 Pathology 3
MTSC 225 Restorative Art 4
MTSC 230 Embalming II 4
  Term Total 16
FOURTH TERM
ACTG 100 Applied Accounting 3
________ ENGL 120 Communications or 3
ENGL 125 Public Speaking
MTSC 215 Funeral Directing and Merchandising 4
MTSC 250 Pre-Professional Mortuary Seminar 2
MTSC 270 Mortuary Law 3
________ SOCL 100 Sociology or 3
SOCL 120 Cultural Diversity in American Society
  Term Total 18